Catholic parishes across the Anchorage Archdiocese plan to take part in one hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as part of the National Day of Prayer on Sept. 9.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the prayer day after a number of shootings have caused racial tensions and violence around the country.
“I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the USCCB president.
“The Day of Prayer and special Task Force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities.”
In solidarity with dioceses across the nation, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz has asked area parishes to offer an adoration hour, 7-8 p.m., on Friday, September 9.
As of press time, five churches in the archdiocese had confirmed their participation in the holy hour: Saint Andrew in Eagle River, St. John the Baptist in Homer, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna and Saint Benedict and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Anchorage. Other parishes are expected to participate as well. For more information, contact a local parish.